Police investigate complaints against Charles Harter

Last updated 11:23 04/09/2014

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Police are investigating whether there are more indecent assault victims of a former Hutt Valley High School teacher.

They are not revealing the number or the origin of the new complaints concerning former Hawke’s Bay teacher Charles Harter, 63, as the matter remains under investigation.

‘‘The Eastern District-based investigation team has established that Mr Harter has taught many children during his 40 year teaching career in Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Masterton,’’ Detective Sergeant Nic Clere said.

"The investigation team cannot discount the possibility of further victims being identified."

New complainants have come forward since a former Hutt Valley High School teacher was publicly named while facing charges for indecently assaulting young girls, police have confirmed.

Harter pleaded guilty in the Hastings District Courtnte on Tuesday to nine representative charges of indecently assaulting nine girls aged between 8 and 11 between February 1 and July 21 this year. 

He admitted groping the Havelock North Primary School pupils during music lessons at his home studio – tickling their breasts and grabbing their crotches.

He was a part-time drama and music teacher at the school but had not been employed there since June.

He previously taught at other Hawke’s Bay schools, as well as in Masterton, and at Hutt Valley High.

‘‘If parents have any concerns or questions about the investigation or any concerns about their children who were taught by Mr Harter in recent times or historically, they can ring or email the investigation team in confidence and we will explain the investigation process to them,’’ Clere said.

- Police have set up a phone contact point for any concerned parents at 0800 329 866.

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